The Amazing Druk Path Trek

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The Druk Path Trek is the most popular trek among the foreign hikers. It is because the route will take you through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhangs, dzongs and villages. The path is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps are not too far. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400-4200m. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unconquered peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are between March-June and September-November.


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Day 1: Arrive at the Paro International Airport.
 Arrive at Paro International Airport after flying over the mighty Himalayas, including Mt Everest.Transfer to your hotel.
If your arrival time is in the morning hours, then after lunch, visit the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang—one of the oldest temples built in 7th century.
 
Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar) 
 
 
Day 2: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Lair Monastery)
 After breakfast, begin hiking to the Taktsang Monastery. It is nearly 2-3 hours hike. The monastery is one of the most revered religious sites in Bhutan.
If possible, visit some temples nearby after coming back from Taktsang Monastery.
 
Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar) 
 
 
Day 3: Paro – Jili Dzong-Jangchulakha (Distance 7 km, 4-5hrs, camp altitude 3,770m)
After a 45 minutes’ drive, we will begin scaling up the mountain. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong, steep climb for about an hour and a half, and then the slope evens out a bit and the ascent is more gradual till we reach the campsite.
 
Overnight stay at Jangchulakha campsite.
 
 
Day 4: Jangchulakha – JimilangTsho
(Distance 15 km, 5hrs, camp altitude – 3,870m). Resume hiking after breakfast.Our overnight camp is close to Lake JigmelangTsho. This lake is known for its giant-sized trout, and if you are lucky you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner.
 
Overnight stay near JigmelangTsho
 
 
Day 5: JigmelangTsho – SimkotraTsho-Laban
(Distance 11 km, 4hrs, camp altitude 4,110m) Begin trekking after a peaceful night nearby the beautiful lake.You will have to call it a day when you reach the next campsite at Laban.
 
Spend the night at Laban campsite.
 
Day 6: Laban – Phajoding-Mothitang
(Distance 15 km, 4-5hrs, descent to 1,130) The trek begins with a gradual climb. From this pass, the trek takes you gradually downhill towards Phajodhing, where a monastery and meditation retreat center are located. After passing Phajodhing monastery, we will descend to Thimphu.
 
Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
 
Day 7: Departure
Leave for Paro International Airport early. Then head back to your respective countries.
 

 
 
Day 1: Arrival
 
Arrive at Paro International Airport after an enthralling flight overseeing the mighty Himalayas, including Mt Everest. Our company’s representative will welcome you at the airport in traditional Bhutanese way and escort you to the hotel.
If your arrival is in the morning hours, then after a brief recess in your hotel room, we will travel to see the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.
 
Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
Day 2: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
 
After tea, we will begin acclimatizing adventure with the hike to the Tiger’s Lair, Taktsang Monastery. This is one of the most revered religious sites in Bhutan and a checkpoint for pilgrimages. The monastery is perched some 1000 meters on a cliff, overlooking the Paro valley.
 
It is believed that the great Buddhist Saint known as Guru Padmasambhava rode on a tigress in a fiery and wrathful form into cave within this temple and subdued the evils who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Since then, several Buddhist masters have meditated in and around the monastery. Some have even discovered hidden religious relics.
 
The hike takes about five hours for the round trip and follows an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels.
If you can make back to hotel early, we will visit some of the temples in nearby locality.

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
 
 
Day 3: Paro – Jili Dzong-Jangchulakha

(Distance 7 km, 4-5hrs, camp altitude 3,770m)
 After a 45 minutes’ drive from the town, we will begin to scale the mountain of more than 1,000m while enjoying the scenic view including a trail that leads you through blue pine and fir forests to DamcheGom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong. Steep climb for about an hour and a half, and then the slope evens out a bit and the ascent is more gradual passing through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron till we reach our overnight camp. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.
 
Dinner and overnight stay at Jangchulakha campsite.
 

 
Day 4: Jangchulakha – JimilangTsho
 
(Distance 15 km, 5hrs, camp altitude – 3,870m).
After breakfast, we follow a trail along the ridge of the mountains and on a clear day you can get stunning views of the mountains and valleys. Our overnight camp is close to Lake JigmelangTsho. This lake is known for its giant-sized trout, and if you are lucky you may enjoy well-prepared trout for dinner.
 
Dinner and night halt near JigmelangTsho
 
 
Day 5: Jigme LangTsho – SimkotraTsho-Laban
 
(Distance 11 km, 4hrs, camp altitude 4,110m)
The trail today goes through large areas of dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetsho Lake. Once again, you may come across some yak herder camps where you will get the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life.
 
Dinner and overnight stay at Laban campsite.
 
Day 6: Laban – Phajoding-Mothitang
 
(Distance 15 km, 4-5hrs, descent to 1,130)
Today’s trek begins with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will get a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you gradually downhill towards Phajodhing, where a monastery and meditation retreat center are located. After passing Phajodhing monastery the trek to Thimphu (Motithang), is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.
 
Accommodation at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)

Day 7: Departure

Leave Thimphu for Paro Airport from where we will see you off
 

GROUP SIZE: Any group Size                                                           
MEALS : Full Board
TRIP ACCOMMODATION : Tourist Standard Hotel,
generally 3 to 4 star category.
ROUTE: Paro & Thimphu
TRIP TYPE :Trekking  Tour 

TRIP SEASONS:  March to June, Sept to Dec                   
BEST MONTHS: April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
TOUR  MONTHS: March to June, Sept to Dec     
LEAN SEASON : USD 200  Per person
PEAK SEASON:
USD 225 Pes person 
SINGAL INDIVIDUAL: USD 40 per night
GROUP OF 2 PERSONS:USD 30 per person per night
VISA FEE: USD 40 (One time)

 







 



INCLUDED
-Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
-Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
-All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
-All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
-Experienced Trekking Tour Guide.
-Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp servces during the trek:
-Fully-serviced camping trek
-Provided during the trek: tents (sleeping, dining Kitchen and toilet tents), trekking mattresses, small air pillow, Hot-water bag, Pressured Altitude Bag for altitude emergencies, Pony to carry luggages, Basic Medical Kit.Cook and assistants accompany the group. All meals, beverages and snacks are provided.
 
NOT INCLUDED
-Flights in and out of Bhutan.
-Personal trekking gears such as  clothing, shoes etc.
-Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry 

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